Simpsons Wine Estate Kent White Cliffs Blanc de Blancs 2017

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Simpsons Wine Estate Kent White Cliffs Blanc de Blancs 2017

Country - Great Britain

Region - Kent

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate

Tasting notes - Classic, vibrant aromas of citrus and green apple are balanced with subtle brioche notes and distinctive English minerality and finesse.

Simpsons Wine Estate Kent White Cliffs Blanc de Blancs 2017

Classic, vibrant aromas of citrus and green apple are
balanced with subtle brioche notes and distinctive English
minerality and finesse.
Producer Note
Charles and Ruth Simpson have been making award-winning wines in the South of
France since 2002. In 2012, attracted by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity to
become part of one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world, they
brought their expertise back to the UK, establishing Simpsons Wine Estate. Aspiring to
produce the finest quality English wine, they planted 30 hectares of vineyards on the
iconic chalk terroir of the North Downs and built a state-of-the-art gravity fed winery. In
2016, the Simpsons saw their first harvest. With a strong focus on provenance, they
produce a highly-acclaimed range of exclusively estate-grown still and sparkling wines,
including the Chalklands Classic Cuvée 2016, which won a gold medal in the 2019
Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.
Vintage
2017 was the second harvest at Simpsons Wine Estate, and was the result of a
challenging growing season featuring a damaging atmospheric frost in late April that
overall cut yields by as much as 70%. However, May and June saw good sunny
conditions, with rain in July, followed by warm sunny conditions into September. Lower
crops resulted in grapes which displayed intense flavours and showed great balance
leading to excellent wines.
Vineyard
Simpsons Wine Estate is situated in the Elham Valley; an unspoilt seam in the North
Downs of Kent where the contours of the land, the climate and the soil are excellent for
viticulture. The intensely lime-rich chalk soil forms part of the same chalk ridge that
stretches from southern England through the Champagne region. The Guyot trained
vines are planted at a density of 4,200 vines per hectare with a range of both sparkling
and Burgundian clones on either Fercal or 41B rootstocks. Yielding 60 hectolitres per
hectare, they are grown on south facing slopes, ensuring heat accumulation in the
day and cold air drainage at night. The vineyard is less than eight miles from the coast,
providing a crucial maritime influence insulating the fruit against intense temperature
variations. Pruning and harvesting takes place by hand and they are signed up to the
WineGB’s Sustainability Scheme.
Winemaking
The estate-grown grapes were hand-picked over a two week period and the grapes
from two different sparkling clones were vinified separately. The grapes were whole
bunch pressed and fermented with wild and selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks, at
controlled temperatures of 14 to 16°C. Malolactic conversion took place and the wines
spent three months in stainless steel tanks ageing on light lees. After a series of tastings,
the wines were blended, filtered and bottled to undergo the ‘prise de mousse’.
Following the bottle fermentation, the wine spent 36 months ageing on the lees.
Tasting Note
Classic, vibrant aromas of citrus and green apple are balanced with subtle brioche
notes and distinctive English minerality and finesse.
Grape
Chardonnay 100%
Winemaker: Leigh Sparrow
Region: Kent
Subregion: Kent
Country: England
Alcohol: 12%

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